Monday, October 5, 2020

Commissioners Declare October ‘Domestic Violence Awareness Month’

The Board of Sequoyah County Commissioners declared October “Domestic Violence Awareness” month in our area.

Cindy Smith, an investigator with the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, said nearly 1 in 3 women experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. “Victims need to know they have resources to rely on” in domestic violence cases, she said. “We have made so many strides in this county,” she added.

Jim Rogers, the District 3 commissioner, praised the sheriff’s office for its hard work. “We appreciate you guys making everything possible,” he said. “We are happy to do this (the Domestic Violence Month proclamation).”

Steve Rutherford, the county’s Emergency Management director, said another person died of the coronavirus over the weekend, bringing the total deaths in Sequoyah County to 12.

The commissioners also gave their blessing to a grant application by the Sequoyah County Election Board that will be used to assist the election board in holding safe and fair elections.

 Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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